DaveHarries Posted May 11, 2008 Share Posted May 11, 2008 Hi, On Saturday evening, 10th May, I went to a recital on the 1973 Reiger organ at Clifton Cathedral Bristol. The organ has just undergone a renovation by Wood of Huddersfield and this concert was the first one following completion of that work. Here are my thoughts on the concert. Firstly, the lowdown: The Time: 730pm The Date: Saturday 10th May 2008 The Place: Clifton RC Cathedral, Bristol The Theme: Music for the Feast of Pentecost The Organist: James O'Donnell (Organist & Master of the Choristers, Westminster Abbey) and now my thoughts: The Programme: JS Bach - Fantasia super Komm heiliger Geist (BWV 651) A grand opening for the concert. Sounded great on this instrument and, to my ear anyway, a fraction apocalyptic. N. de Grigny - Veni Creator Spiritus (En taille a 5 -> Fugue a 5 -> Duo -> Recit de Cromorne -> Dialogue sur les grands Jeux) de Grigny is a composer who, as far as I can recall, I had never heard of until this concert. This suite of 5 pieces was a wonderful introduction of his music for me and I hope to hear more in the future. James O'Donnell had no problems balancing the Cromorne in the 4th part of the suite with the sounds underneath and the Dialogue at the end was superb. Just a pity, in my opinion, that the individual parts were as brief as they were. Olivier Messiaen - from Messe de la Pentecote: - Communion (Les oiseaux et les sources) - Sortie (Le vent de l'Esprit) Unlike de Grigny I have heard Messiaen's music many times. However I hd never heard of his Messe de la Pentecote until this concert. The two movements were excellently played. The communion employed solely the flues on keyboard three, along with some of the higher pitch stops on the first keyboard to give the effects of the birds. Sounded cheeky in one part near the beginning and made me laugh quietly to myself. This was a sharp contrast to the Sortie which was a grand affair but it reminded me of fire, rather than wind. Jean Alain - Intermezo - Litanies This was interesting stuff. Mr. O'Donnell mentioned at the start of the concert that one of these parts had been transcribed from bassoon to organ by Alain. This referred, I think, to the Litanies which I had heard somewhere before and I am not sure if that was on an organ. No matter though as the Litanies sounded great on the organ. M Durufle - Variations on Veni Creator Spiritus I can't recall having heard the original of Veni Creator Spiritus (which I think I have seen used somewhere as a hymn tune?). The original, which I think was played first, sounded great and the brief improvisations - of which I counted 5 or 6 - were equally good. JS Bach - Prelude & Fuge in E-flat (St. Anne, BWV 552 This is one of my favourite pieces and one of which I can never get enough. A good choice to end with although I have two things to say which are a touch negative. Firstly I found the opening notes of the Prelude were a touch quick for my likening. Secondly the bass wasn't quite loud enough to carry the St. Anne tune. No matter though as I still enjoyed the piece and the playing. Overall: A superb concert which was much appreciated by the audience of 60-70 who came to hear it. The remaining concerts are: - Music for the Feast of the Holy Trinity (Stephen Bryant, organist of Clifton Cathedral) on 17th May 2008 @ 7:30pm - Music for the Feast of the Corpus Christi (John Gibbons, choral director of Clifton Cathedral) on 24th May 2008 @ 7:30pm and they will, I reckon, be worth hearing. Well done to Mr. O'Donnell on a great concert. HTIOI, Dave Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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